Get ready for free parking with new discs

Councillor Ian Swithenbank joins Davina Barclay and Heather Moran from Parking Services to promote the new parking discs.

Councillor Ian Swithenbank joins Davina Barclay and Heather Moran from Parking Services to promote the new parking discs.

Drivers in Berwick are being urged to pick up new time discs before free parking comes into force in council owned spaces on April 1.

Northumberland County Council’s parking services staff will be visiting locations around the county, distributing new parking discs and talking to local people.

They will be joined by civil enforcement officers and local volunteers who will help to explain the new arrangements.

Parking distribution days will take place in Berwick - one of the towns to switch to free parking - on Saturday, March 22; Wednesday, March 26; Thursday, April 3; and Friday, April 11.

The stand will be centrally located in the town, although the exact location is still to be confirmed. Staff will also walk around handing out parking discs and talking to the public.

Free parking is also being introduced in county car parks in Bamburgh, Beadnell, Rothbury and Wooler.

However, the council is warning that enforcement of time limits and other restrictions, such as parking outside of marked bays, will remain in place despite free parking.

It says that enforcing the time limits in short stay parking areas will ensure high turnover of high demand parking places.

Motorists will need to display a parking disc when parking in short stay places that were previously pay and display, in Alnwick, Berwick, Hexham and Morpeth, to prove that the motorist has not overstayed the time limit.

Discs will be available from council buildings as well as from local shops and businesses.

Councillor Ian Swithenbank, policy board member for streetcare and environment said: “We believe free parking has benefits for residents, businesses and visitors. I would urge everyone to pick up their new parking disc so they are ready for the change on 1 April.”

Corbridge, Craster, Holy Island, Newton by the Sea and Seahouses have asked to retain parking charges for traffic management reasons. Parking charges will also remain in place in Berwick Railway Station car park.

More information on free parking and the days that disc are being distributed in Alnwick, Berwick, Hexham and Morpeth can be found on the Parking Services website parking.northumberland.gov.uk




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